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optimal play
Member since Oct-28-11
"Optimal Play" is when both sides make their best move at each turn, or one of equally good alternatives.

Favourite openings:

Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, (C99)

Pirc, Classical (B08)

Interest in colonial Australian chess.

Favourite players from that era:

Andrew Burns

Charles Marshall Fisher

Henry Charlick

Louis Goldsmith

Frederick Karl Esling

"May everyone, not only in the game of Chess, but the game of life, know how to make the next best move." - Chess Club Toast

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   optimal play has kibitzed 7373 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-20-21 Spencer Crakanthorp
optimal play: <<<<<CHESS TOURNAMENT.> NEW SOUTH WALES CHAMPIONSHIP RETAINED BY SPENCER CRAKANTHORP.> Mr. Crakanthorp retains the State chess championship.> Mr. Crakanthorp, barely in his 24th year, has displayed such promise in his chess career that everyone present ...
   Oct-18-21 gezafan chessforum
optimal play: <technical draw: <gezafan> See my forum for a note about a high school homecoming event.> This so-called "Gender Sexuality Alliance" is just a club for the sexually confused. The worst thing about it is the adults in the faculty imposing it on the impressionable ...
   Oct-17-21 United States Championship (2021) (replies)
optimal play: <You have to be pretty eager to get rid of people if Caruana and Nakamura both are discounted for opposite reasons :-)> I'm not trying to get rid of anyone, or discount anybody, I just assumed you were making a joke. I thought it was funny and got a laugh out of it.
   Oct-17-21 Blackburne vs W Crane, 1885 (replies)
optimal play: Oh, okay, the southern part of Old North Wales.
   Oct-17-21 K Ozols vs Kotov, 1963
optimal play: Yes, the rook sac is a beauty! 18.Nd5 positions the knight to set up the threat 19.Rxg4 initiates a kamikaze attack 20.Bxh6 launches a missile blasting open black's defence Kotov didn't know what hit him and stumbled with 20...Kg8?
   Oct-15-21 T M Bradshaw vs S Crakanthorp, 1908
optimal play: <<<<STATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP.> CRAKANTHORP WINS THE TOURNEY.> Last night Bradshaw and Crakanthorp, the two leading scorers, met in their final round. It was essential for the former to win to secure any chance of first prize, as his opponent had 11½-½ and a
   Oct-14-21 Caruana vs Robson, 2021 (replies)
optimal play: <Fabiano Caruana's underpromotion to a BISHOP!> At 0:37 does Ray write down g8=Q and then correct himself?
   Oct-14-21 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
optimal play: <The Beatles: Get Back | Official Trailer> "It's going to be such a comical thing in 50 years time. They broke up because Yoko sat on an amp."
   Oct-13-21 Fisher-Smith Match (1873)
optimal play: The match between Charles Marshall Fisher and Robert Smith was to determine the champion chess player in the colony of New South Wales. The contest was played at Woollahra, Sydney, NSW, commencing on 17th September 1873, with the champion to be decided in favour of the first ...
   Oct-11-21 Karlis Ozols (replies)
optimal play: <Nosnibor: In 1963 Ozols won a tournament in Melbourne ( +6 -0 =1 ) ahead of Alexander Kotov and beat him in their individual game.> Yes, I've located his famous win against Kotov, but haven't been able to find any other games from that tournament. <<<Victorian ...
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